Black And Latino Aldermen Back Rahm's Surprise Choice For Top CopHours before Mayor Rahm Emanuel formally announced his selection of Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson as the new interim superintendent, the leaders of the City Council’s Black and Latino caucuses threw their full support behind the decision.
Latino Aldermen Demand Escalante Be Considered For CPD SuperintendentMembers of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus on Friday demanded interim Police Supt. John Escalante get the job permanently, or at least be included on a new list of finalists for the position.
Protesters Arrested After Throwing Rocks At Alderman's HomeOn Saturday, demonstrators pelted the home of Ald. George Cardenas (12th) with rocks and other debris. Three people – 23-year-old Efrain Montalzo, 29-year-old Javier Ramos, and 25-year-old Billie Kincaid – were charged with misdemeanor mob action, police said.
Aldermen Consider Sugary Drink Tax At Public HearingAt least one alderman has called it a sweet idea -- a penny-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks -- but it's left a bad taste in the mouths of Chicago restaurants and retailers. The issue was up for debate at City Hall on Wednesday.
Riot Fest Moving To Douglas ParkFacing backlash from the Humboldt Park community for damage caused by last year’s festival, organizers of Riot Fest have moved the annual punk rock bash to Douglas Park.
Aldermen Approve Plan To Hike Minimum WageAldermen have overwhelmingly approved a plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next five years.
Ex-Employee Suing Alderman Stands Accused Of Being Ghost PayrollerA former 12th Ward worker is suing the city and Ald. George Cardenas (12th), claiming she was unjustly terminated in May after she answered FBI questions about an investigation into allegations of illegal hiring. CBS 2 has learned that woman herself is accused of working a no-show job.
Aldermen OK Ban On Plastic Bags, Delay Ride-Sharing RulesThe City Council voted 36-10 to ban large chain stores from providing plastic bags to customers, starting next summer.
Ordinance To Exempt Restaurants, Small Stores From Plastic Bag BanThe amended ordinance would exempt all restaurants from the ban, as well as small independent retailers – stores which have a size of less than 10,000 square feet, and which are not part of a chain of three or more stores.
Aldermen Seek More Attention On Veteran SuicidesThere might not be much the City Council can do directly to help active-duty military personnel or veterans deal with post-traumatic stress, but aldermen held a hearing Wednesday to hear ideas on strategies to identify the causes of suicide among veterans.
Little Village Business Owners Upset About Festival Blocking Their StreetIt's meant to raise money for kids, but several business owners say a festival in Little Village is costing them big.
24 Aldermen Rush To Support Mayor's Proposed Parking Meter ChangesAfter facing vociferous backlash from residents over the hated parking meter lease, two dozen Chicago aldermen have rushed to support the Emanuel administration’s agreement with the parking meter firm to offer free Sunday parking, as part of a series of proposed changes to the 75-year deal.